ST. LOUIS – The Seattle Seahawks accomplished what good teams are supposed to do when you play an inferior opponent on the road – grind out a win and move on to the next game.
And that’s what the Seahawks did, taking home a 24-7 nose-pincher of a victory at Edward Jones Dome on Sunday.
Seattle pushed its record to 4-6, and in the process the Seahawks put together their first two-game winning streak of the season.
“Really the best part of the game was handling adversity,” Seattle receiver Mike Williams said. “They came out with a lot of energy. They created the short field with a couple turnovers early. And they got one in there, but the defense held tough.
“So that’s big to get a win like that when it wasn’t pretty, and when it didn’t start out right.”
Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson threw interceptions on Seattle’s first two possessions, the second of which led to the Rams’ only touchdown, a 30-yard strike from Sam Bradford to go-to receiver Brandon Lloyd.
But from there the Seahawks scored 24 consecutive points to close out the victory.
For the second week in a row Seattle’s stingy defense led them to victory, with the Seahawks holding St. Louis to 185 total yards.
The Rams crossed midfield only twice after scoring early in the first quarter.
Jackson did not have his best game, completing 14 of 24 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown, a 14-yard strike to Sidney Rice on a slant route in the second quarter.
But Seattle balanced that out by running the ball, finishing with 126 yards on the ground. Marshawn Lynch led the charge, with 88 yards on 27 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run. Lynch now has a touchdown in six straight games.
Rice also was responsible for Seattle’s most explosive play on offense, a 55-yard pass to Williams on the first offensive play of the game for Seattle. But Jackson threw an interception to St. Louis linebacker Chris Chamberlain on the very next play.
While Seattle’s offense struggled, the defense held tough, forcing three turnovers and finishing with five sacks.
“It’s always good to have a defense playing like that,” Jackson said. “It gives you different opportunities and you get more chances to put the ball in the end zone. You get more chances with the ball, period. So whenever they’re playing lights out like that, you want to play the field-position game sometimes.”
The Seahawks now return to Seattle with their next three games at home against Washington, Philadelphia and St. Louis again – three teams with a combined record of 9-21.
The Seahawks are looking to put together their first three-game winning streak since 2007.
“It’s a good deal,” coach Pete Carroll said. “This is important. We’re coming home for three weeks now. It feels like we’ve been on the road all year. … So it would be nothing better than to go home and get a win this week, and then let’s go to that next one and keep climbing.
“There’s no reason we can’t get a bunch of them. Like I said, there’s a lot of wins out there, and somebody’s going to get them. So it might as well be us. So we’re going to go for it.”
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